Trumbull girls sweep Warde, Wilton in cross country meet

Kali Holden placed first in Trumbull's sweep of the tri-meet.

Kali Holden placed first in Trumbull's sweep of the tri-meet.

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The Trumbull girls’ cross country team opened up the season with two victories in a home tri-meet against FCIAC rivals Fairfield Warde and Wilton.

The Eagles placed three of the meet’s top five finishers. They defeated Warde 21-40 and Wilton 19-36.

Kali Holden, a three-time All-FCIAC honoree, won Tuesday’s 2.9-mile race in 18:45, nearly 32 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Holden, who also earned All-State honors in 2020 after leading Trumbull to the FCIAC East title, will lead the Eagles this fall along with classmate Evelyn Marchand and junior Abigail Poplawski.

“Kali is poised to have one of her best seasons,” Trumbull coach Jim McCaffrey said. “She is driven and confident, and these two qualities make her one of the FCIAC and state’s best female runners.”

Poplawski (19:25) and Marchand (19:43) took third and fourth.

“When looking at our roster, it is clear we have a very solid and experienced top three runners,” McCaffrey added. “Abigail and Evelyn could be number-one runners on many teams in the state. They understand their roles for us and are ready to perform.”

Sophomores Leela Kocinsky (8th, 20:07) and Bridget Walsh (11th, 21:08) ran solid races to account for Trumbull’s scoring runners. Another sophomore, Isabel O’Brien, finished 14th overall (21:17), while junior Gabby Pavlov was 19th (21:59).

Trumbull will host Greenwich and Norwalk on Tuesday.